Russell Dupuis

Russell D. Dupuis is among the 170 distinguished innovators named as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. This 2014 class brings the total number of NAI Fellows to 414, representing more than 150 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions.

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

The 2014 class of NAI Fellows will be inducted by the Deputy Commissioner of Patents Andrew Faile during the Fourth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors. This event will take place on March 20 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

A faculty member at the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) since 2003, Dupuis holds the Steve W. Chaddick Chair in Electro-Optics. He studies the growth of III-V compound semiconductor devices by MOCVD, including materials in the InAlGaN/GaN, InAlGaAsP/GaAs, InAlGaAsSb, and InAlGaAsP/InP systems.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Dupuis was on the ECE faculty at the University of Texas at Austin for 14 years. He also worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Rockwell International, and Texas Instruments before joining academia.

A Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, Dupuis and two of his colleagues were awarded the 2002 National Medal of Technology for their work on developing and commercializing LEDs. He also received the 2004 John Bardeen Award and the 2007 IEEE Edison Medal.

Dupuis was part of a five-person team recently honored with the 2015 Draper Prize for Engineering for their initial development and commercialization of LED technologies. His specific contribution was the invention of the process that is the basis of virtually all production of high-brightness LEDs, laser diodes, solar cells, and high-speed optoelectronic (light controlling) devices in 1977.

Dupuis is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.